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November 2, 1918

STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIA AND EMPYEMA: AN INFECTION AFFECTING EIGHT MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY WITH SEVEN DEATHS

Author Affiliations

DES MOINES, IOWA; VALLEY JUNCTION, IOWA

JAMA. 1918;71(18):1475. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600440027008
Abstract

In connection with the report of Miller and Lusk,1 based on an epidemic of streptococcus pneumonia and empyema at Camp Dodge from March to May, 1918, we wish to report a similar infection affecting eight members of one family with seven deaths, occurring in the city of Valley Junction, which adjoins Des Moines, and is about 17 miles south from Camp Dodge.

These cases developed at the same time as the outbreak of the disease at Camp Dodge. The family consisted of the father, the mother and seven children ranging in ages from 4 to 24 years. The first member of the family to be taken ill was a son, aged 18 years, who manifested the first symptoms, March 26, 1918, and died three days later; the father, aged 46, and three children, aged 4, 15 and 21 years, respectively, became ill, March 29, 1918, one dying, April 1,

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